SU Qld Chaplains provide positive adult role models for students. Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the Principal, in consultation with the local community, and with the support of the P&C Association.
What does a school chaplain do?
A school chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.
Working with other members of the school’s support team, the chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression.
The partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organizations, provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.
The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
Who is the Murarrie school chaplain?
Hi, my name is Allison van Zanten and I have been the school chaplain at Murarrie State School since the beginning of 2017. I have a background in theology and the arts (theatre, acting and music). I live in Tarragindi. I am married and my husband's name is Piete. I feel very privileged to work in such a fantastic school community, and I enjoy growing relationships with staff, family and students.
What will chaplaincy look like at Murarrie State School?
My role as the school chaplain is to provide social, emotional and spiritual support to students, while enhancing Murarrie's overall wellbeing strategy. I am present in classrooms for support, excursions, special events like graduations and school camps.
Some things I facilitate:
Breakfast Club (Tuesday & Wednesdays)
Bella Girl & Shine Program for grade 5/6 girls.
Mentoring programs such as Kids Hope (partnered with The Christian Church Carina) & Chappy Chums.
High School Transition program to assist grade 6 students stepping into secondary school.
Will my child be involved?
Involvement with the Chaplain is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be a part of the activities that are offered.
Parents will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in ongoing one-to-one meetings with the Chaplain or in any program or group involving spiritual or ethical content. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.
How can I contact the chaplain?
Allison will be at Murarrie State School on Tuesday & Wednesday. You can contact the Chaplain through the office or via email